Posted by kevietre
He's good on the ground maybe not as well rounded on the ground as Nate but still submitted Lutter who Mike Goldberg thought was the Michael Jordan on the ground (but what does he know
I bring this up everytime someone mentions Silva submitting Lutter. He didn't actually beat Lutter on the ground, in fact Lutter was winning the ground game convincingly up to that point. Silva hit Lutter on an upkick that rocked him, and basically caused him to fall directly into a triangle choke.
Silva's good on the ground, his black belt attests to that, but the submission of Lutter was simply the finishing blow. It was the upkick that won the fight. Kinda like if you rock someone with a huge right hand, they fall face down and you leap on their back and get a RNC. I'd consider that victory to be more credited to the striking than Jiu-Jitsu, despite it being a submission victory.
Of course, Silva also had knee surgery, so he's probably considerably better on the ground than he was against Lutter. Should be a war.